Senior Living Certification Commission Announces 76 New Certified Directors of Assisted Living

The new CDALs join the inaugural class of senior living professionals announced in February 2017

Alexandria, Va. – July 31, 2017 – The Senior Living Certification Commission (SLCC) has announced a new class of 76 senior living professionals who have earned its Certified Director of Assisted Living (CDAL) credential. Along with the inaugural class of CDALs announced last February, there are now 333 professionals who have received the credential.

The SLCC’s CDAL program was developed by practicing subject matter experts in senior living and is based on the unique knowledge and skills required by the executive director, as identified through an extensive job analysis. Certification demonstrates attainment of consistent, relevant, measurable and industry-recognized standards of practice in the assisted living executive director role.

“The commitment demonstrated by these individuals to achieve this high standard industry credential makes a powerful statement about their drive for professional growth and their increasing abilities to provide the most capable leadership within the industry,” said Tim Buchanan, SLCC chairman and Legend Senior Living chief executive officer. “I applaud all of our professionals who have earned the Certified Director of Assisted Living credential and also encourage other eligible assisted living professionals to apply for the opportunity to earn this credential.”

The CDAL examination provides a mechanism to measure judgment, application of knowledge, and problem-solving abilities. It is comprised of questions in the following knowledge domains: Principles and Philosophy of Assisted Living; Resident Care and Services; Customer Experience; Leadership; Operations Management; Regulatory Compliance; Sales and Marketing; and Financial Management.

Successful completion of the CDAL exam is one of the requirements for attaining certification through the SLCC. Registration is now open for the testing period taking place this fall from September 15-December 15. November 1 marks the registration deadline.

To date, candidates employed by 60 senior living provider companies have participated in the CDAL program; 22 companies participated in the most recent testing window, including: Atria Senior Living, Autumn Leaves, Belmont Village Senior Living, Benchmark Senior Living, Brandywine Living, Bridgestone Living, Brightview Senior Living, Brookdale, Civitas Senior Living, Danbury Senior Living, Elmcroft Senior Living, Five Star Senior Living, Harbor Retirement Associates, Juniper Communities, Legend Senior Living, Maxwell Group, Merrill Gardens, New Perspective Senior Living, Silverado, The Arbor Company, Thrive Senior Living, and Westmont Living.

“The Certified Director of Assisted Living program raises the bar across the industry, allowing leaders the opportunity to earn a credential that recognizes their experience, competence, and professionalism in the executive director role,” said Loren Shook, Argentum Board of Directors chairman and Silverado chief executive officer. “It demonstrates to consumers and state regulators that the senior living industry is committed to rigorous, professional development, and self-regulation in an effort to deliver the best quality of life possible.”

76 Professionals Earn Prominent CDAL Credential

 

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Jerrod Ayers, CDAL General Manager Merrill Gardens
Christopher Barstein, CDAL Executive Director Benchmark Senior Living
Eileen Bennett, CDAL Executive Director Brandywine Living
Kelly Bojorquez, CDAL Executive Director Five Star Senior Living
Angela Bowden, CDAL Executive Director Brookdale
Donald Breneman, CDAL VP of Risk Management & Business Operations Juniper Communities
Machella Brooks, CDAL Executive Director Five Star Senior Living
Gary Brown, CDAL Executive Director Five Star Senior Living
Zachary Butcher, CDAL Executive Director Brookdale
Douglas Buttner, CDAL Executive Director Benchmark Senior Living
Barbara Camillo, CDAL Executive Director Benchmark Senior Living
Darryl Clemmer, CDAL Executive Director Brightview Senior Living
Mary Cole, CDAL Executive Director Five Star Senior Living
Charles Crush, CDAL Executive Director Benchmark Senior Living
Dorothy Cryan, CDAL Executive Director Elmcroft Senior Living
Kristen Dalrick, CDAL Executive Director Harbor Retirement Associates
Steve De Jesus, CDAL Executive Director Benchmark Senior Living
Heather DeVore, CDAL Executive Director New Perspective Senior Living
Larry Dix, CDAL Executive Director Brightview Senior Living
Monique Dixon, CDAL Executive Director Brookdale
Patrick Duffy, CDAL Executive Director Five Star Senior Living
Paula Felton-Werner, CDAL Regional Operations Specialist Belmont Village Senior Living
Linda Fischer, CDAL General Manager Merrill Gardens
Jennifer Forbes, CDAL Executive Director Brookdale
Royce Gilder, CDAL Executive Director Elmcroft Senior Living
Toni Gozzo, CDAL Executive Director Brightview Senior Living
Lanny Harvey, CDAL Executive Director Five Star Senior Living
Donna Hester, CDAL Executive Director Elmcroft Senior Living
Melissa Hingher, CDAL Executive Director Brandywine Living
Michael Hoots, CDAL VP of Facility Services Maxwell Group
Colleen Howard, CDAL Executive Director Danbury Senior Living
Robert Ingram, CDAL Executive Director Atria Senior Living
Elizabeth Irrizarry, CDAL Executive Director Brandywine Living
Lynn Irvine, CDAL Executive Director Five Star Senior Living
Tommy Jackson, CDAL Executive Director Five Star Senior Living
Amie James, CDAL Executive Director Brookdale
Brenda Jarmer, CDAL Executive Director Brookdale
Kevin Johnson, CDAL Executive Director New Perspective Senior Living
Tracy Johnson, CDAL Executive Director The Arbor Company
Desiree Krajnyak-Baker, CDAL Executive Director Benchmark Senior Living
Jennifer LaCroix, CDAL Executive Director Benchmark Senior Living
Bobby Lane, CDAL VP of Wellness Civitas Senior Living
Rodney Lege, CDAL Executive Director Five Star Senior Living
Andrew Levin, CDAL Sr. Executive Director Atria Senior Living
Lisa Lewis, CDAL Executive Director Atria Senior Living
Ashley Lodi, CDAL Executive Director Brookdale
Jennifer Marcus, CDAL Executive Director Brookdale
John Maroon, CDAL Executive Director Autumn Leaves
Patti McFann, CDAL Executive Director Brookdale
Kellie McHugh, CDAL Executive Director Brightview Senior Living
Shawna Mellott, CDAL Executive Director Brightview Senior Living
Holly Minnis, CDAL Executive Director Brandywine Living
Maureen Mochon Chippas, CDAL Executive Director Belmont Village Senior Living
Kenneth Morrison, CDAL Executive Director Five Star Senior Living
Dana Nix, CDAL Administrator Silverado
Bonnie Pollard-Johnson, CDAL Executive Director Benchmark Senior Living
Mary Posse, CDAL Executive Director Elmcroft Senior Living
Michael Reed, CDAL Executive Director Brightview Senior Living
Sara Reyst, CDAL Executive Director Brookdale
Beth Richardson, CDAL Executive Director The Arbor Company
Angela Roher, CDAL Executive Director Brookdale
Steve Rovner, CDAL Executive Director Brightview Senior Living
John Schaum, CDAL Executive Director The Arbor Company
Nancye Snyder, CDAL Executive Director Brandywine Living
David Souza, CDAL Executive Director Brookdale
Tammy Speece, CDAL Executive Director Elmcroft Senior Living
Kristen St. Jean, CDAL Executive Director Benchmark Senior Living
Jennifer Stratton, CDAL Executive Director Thrive Senior Living
Don Tawney, CDAL VP of Operations Civitas Senior Living
Kelly Thomas, CDAL Executive Director Legend Senior Living
Lucy Townsend, CDAL Executive Director Five Star Senior Living
Jeremy Walker, CDAL Executive Director Brookdale
Sandra West, CDAL Executive Director Benchmark Senior Living
Elizabeth Whittington, CDAL General Manager Merrill Gardens
Ken Williams, CDAL Executive Director Five Star Senior Living
Amy Willner, CDAL Executive Director Brandywine Living